Trust Me, I’m an Artist - Exhibition

Performance by Martin O'Brien, Taste of Flesh / Bite Me I'm Yours, 2015
Performance by Martin O'Brien, Taste of Flesh / Bite Me I'm Yours, 2015

Trust Me, I’m an Artist is a group exhibition of nine artists’ works that examine ethical complexities of medicine and biotechnology. The artworks variously engage with gene editing, human tissue culture, the commons of nuclear materials, trans-species communication, the smuggling of biomaterials across continents, fear of contamination associated with the sick body, and the relation between rituals of self-healing and personalised medicine.

It includes documentation of Martin O’Brien’s performance event Taste of Flesh / Bite Me, I’m Yours, commissioned by Arts Catalyst, in which the artist highlights public anxiety around the risk of infection and the surge in depictions of the zombie in popular culture.

Most of the artworks were commissioned as a series of performative events that took place between 2015 and 2017. During these events, the artists were invited to propose and present an artwork that would raise an issue of ethical complexity in front of an audience and a specially convened ethics committee. The committee then deliberated and discussed their decisions with the artist and audience.

The artists and collaborators are Martin O’Brien (GB), Gina Czarnecki (GB) & John Hunt (GB), Anna Dumitriu (GB), Špela Petrič (SLO), Jennifer Willet (CAN) & Kira O’Reilly (GB/FIN) and Howard Boland (GB), Erich Berger (AT/FIN) & Mari Keto (FIN). The artworks were in part commissioned by the projects Trust Me, I’m an Artist, except for those of Erich Berger & Mari Keto and Howard Boland.

The artworks were commissioned by Arts Catalyst, Medical Museion, Kapelica Gallery and Waag Society. Trust Me, I'm an Artist is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The exhibition is curated by Anna Dumitriu and Lucas Evers, and the project partners Nicola Triscott, Louise Emma Whiteley and Jurij Krpan.

Opening event: 1 – 6 pm, Sat 13 May 2017

1 – 2 pm: Walking lunch and welcome
2 – 4 pm: Statements and discussion
4 – 6 pm: Official opening and drinks